7 spots to close for sure on Jan 13

Six intersections in inner Bangkok and Chaeng Wattana Road are certain to be closed for the Bangkok shut-down operation on Jan 13 by anti-government protesters under the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).

PDRC secretary general Suthep Thaugsuban told protesters on Saturday night at Democracy Monument that the protesters will close important intersections including the Lat Phrao five-way intersection, Victory Monument, Pathumwan, Lumpini park, Ratchaprasong and Asok and Chaeng Wattana Road. 

He said the siege of Bangkok will be carried with caution to minimise the impact on the public. The demonstrators will not go to Thon Buri and suburban areas because they are more residential.

Mr Suthep also said that shops or businesses should open as normal, while one traffic lane will be opened for public buses. People who need to get to a hospital should put up a sign and the guards will allow them to pass.

One type of vehicle that will certainly not be allowed to pass will be from the government and those belonging to civil servants.

He again urged protesters in the provinces to pack supplies in preparation for one to two months of fighting caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra - and after the muan maha prachachon (mass uprising) win, they would seize caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s assets.

The protesters would also march to the residence of Ms Yingluck and other caretaker ministers such as Kittiratt Na Ranong.

The PDRC earlier announced it would close 20 intersections in Bangkok, causing worries among government agencies, particularly the Transport Ministry. 

The earlier announced intersections are 1) Uruphong,  2) Charoenpol, 3) Hua Lamphong, 4) Bang Rak, 5) Silom, 6) Sam Yan, 7) Phaya Thai, 8) Ratchathewi, 9) The Victory Monument, 10) Siam Square, 11) Lat Phrao five-way intersection, 12) Din Daeng, 13) Pratunam, 14) Ratchaprasong, 15) Lumpini, 16) Klong Toey, 17) Asok, 18) Ratchadamnoen, 19) Petchaburi and 20) Yaowarat.

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Discussion 1 : 12/01/2014 at 12:19 PM
Actually I blame very poor reporting.
Discussion 2 : 06/01/2014 at 01:07 AM
Yesterday it was 20 intersections, today it's 6intersections. One would almost get the feeling the PDRC is fizzling out and does not have as many protesters as they had before.
Discussion 3 : 05/01/2014 at 09:38 PM
Talking about democracy. Have there ever been any democratic elections in Thailand, ie elections where there has not been any bought votes?
Discussion 4 : 05/01/2014 at 03:35 PM
Interesting to see the similarity between Bangladesh and Thailand. Both have democratic elections. Both have losing parties who resort to mob rule to protect their democratic rights.
Discussion 5 : 05/01/2014 at 03:19 PM
In the article it mentions that "guards" will decide if vehicles can travel or not. Who are these "guards" and what will happen if one were not to obey the orders of "guards"? This kind of governance has occurred in other countries in the past. It might be good to learn from history.
Discussion 6 : 05/01/2014 at 02:25 PM
the present government is NOt democracy, it's democratic dictatorship...please open your eyes and not just write anything you like, it makes us sick to hear this, because you do not know the real situation. I don't know what picture was painted to you, but please do your research before you make public lies like you just did...be more responsible!!!
Discussion 7 : 05/01/2014 at 02:10 PM
They do not want to know about Suthep. They ignore his own history of corruption dating back to the 1990s when his dubious corruption forced his government to resign. Nor about other dealings afterward. They ignore totally they are following a man under indictment for murder.
Discussion 8 : 05/01/2014 at 02:04 PM
This is a good point. In Europe or the USA (or most other places) people suddenly setting up roadblocks and barriers would be arrested on the spot.
Discussion 9 : 05/01/2014 at 01:38 PM
There is still some mystery about Thailand... Every time protester groups (UDD, PAD, PDRC) announce where they expect to go......they go and stay... Why Police never reach the spot before protesters.... This is mystery... Today Suthep settle 7 important spots, so what Police is thinking about this and what Police is managing ????? Rule of the law is rule of the law ! Doesn't matter who protest who govern. Democratic people (protesters or government) has to use the democratic tools....!!!!
Discussion 10 : 05/01/2014 at 12:50 PM
Government most use their tools as Police to protect the democracy of Thailand, democracy is more valuable than winning a battle against government. In my opinion Mr Suthep is a puppet for interests not want to go public, how they otherwise can raise funds to continue protests!! I´m sad for the Thai people who have to discover and live with instability and threat of civil war. Nothing good can come out from the actions we see now, I´m quite sure a lot of Swedes will change their holiday plans this spring and for 2014 / 2015 that will for sure harm the economy of Thailand badly. Arrest Mr Suthep and put him in jail for terrorism.
Discussion 11 : 05/01/2014 at 12:49 PM
so thats 13 less stages than planned last week. Also yet another final final final desicive quick victory.... which he has now said may take months... Telling the Southern fanatics to bring supplies for the long haul. What it's telling us is that however much the elite and army may want Thaksin out..... they want him in a lot less than he (ST) originally thought. How long before the educated elites demostrate some of this education and read his WIki or read internatinal newspapers in order to inform them selves of this madman they are following? Installing such an obvious fascist is hard to swallow even for his elite backers. Bye bye
Discussion 12 : 05/01/2014 at 12:05 PM
Seven spots to close for sure - because the police will just stand by and watch them set up blockades.

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